MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Jose Alvarez, Saint John's
North Bay Village, Fla. / Belen Jesuit
The Saint John's men's swimming and diving team engaged in an entertaining dual with MIAC rival Carleton Saturday, with junior swimmer Jose Alvarez delivering the Johnnies' top individual highlights. Alvarez helped SJU finish in a 150-150 tie with the Knights by winning all three of his individual events - including the top 200-individual medley time in the MIAC this season - and he also helped a relay team finish second. For his performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Alvarez Tuesday with his second MIAC Men's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award of the season.
Alvarez had a trio of impressive individual performances, led by his win in the 200-IM. His time of 1:58.19 is the fastest in the conference in 2015-16 and was good for a three-second margin of victory. He also won the 200-backstroke by three full seconds with a time of 1:58.48, and shaved a second off his 100-backstroke time to touch the wall in 53.39 for another first-place finish. Alvarez also swam on Saint John's second-place 200-medley relay team (1:39.17). This season, Alvarez is ranked in the top five in the MIAC in five different individual events. He's ranked first in the 100-IM, fourth in the 200-back, 100-fly and 200-fly and fifth in the 100-back.
Saint John's and its standout junior have just one more opportunity to prepare for the 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Johnnies will head to St. Paul, Minn., to compete in the MIAC Invitational, hosted by the University of St. Thomas on Feb. 5-6. The first day of competition will begin at 6 p.m. with a noon start the following day. The MIAC Championships are set for Feb. 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.
MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week
Kate Reilly, Gustavus
Hastings, Minn. / Minnesota Virtual Academy
The Gustavus women's swimming and diving team rose to the occasion at the Grinnell Invite, finishing second behind only Division I Nebraska-Omaha, defeating the rest of the Division II and III field. Sophomore standout Kate Reilly led the way with five first-place finishes - four individual and one relay - and she finished in the top three in all eight of her events. For her performance, the MIAC sports information directors honored Reilly Tuesday with the MIAC Women's Swimming and Diving Athlete-of-the-Week award.
Reilly was a major reason for the Gusties' great performance against a loaded field, as she took home individual titles in all four of her individual events - the 100-freestyle (53.48), 100-individual medley (1:00.75), 100-butterfly (59.39) and 50-freestyle (24.81). She also helped the 200-yard freestyle relay team finish first (1:39.28) and she also swam on the second-place 200-medley (1:51.59) and 400-ree (3:39.43) teams and the third-place 400-medley (4:08.98) squad. This season, Reilly in ranked in the top four in the MIAC in five different individual events. She's ranked first in the 100-breast, second in the 50-free and 200-IM, third in the 100-fly and fourth in the 100-free.
Gustavus and its star sophomore have just two meets left on the regular-season schedule before the 2016 MIAC Swimming and Diving Championships. The Gusties will visit St. Thomas on Friday for a 6 p.m. dual between two of the conference-championship favorites, and they'll compete at the Minnesota Challenge in Minneapolis, Minn., on Feb. 5-6. The MIAC Championships are set for Feb. 18-20 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, and Gustavus enters aiming to win a seventh-straight MIAC title.